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Ethics is an atheistic category, which cannot be reconciled with religious consciousness or religious feeling . . Judaism did not produce a speciﬁc ethics and was never embodied in ethics and never boasted of or professed ethics. 66 This way of de-ethicising Scripture is a technique of which Leibowitz is fond. Attempting to reconcile his insistence that the Torah contains no moral directives with the Scriptural words held by Rabbi Akiva to constitute a great principle of Torah, Leibowitz points out that the relevant text, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’67 is followed immediately by the words ‘I am the Lord’.
Ethics cannot be Jewish or non-Jewish, religious or non-religious – ethics is ethics . . ethics is an atheistic category, which cannot be reconciled with religious consciousness or religious feeling . . Judaism did not produce a speciﬁc ethics and was never embodied in ethics and never boasted of or professed ethics. 66 This way of de-ethicising Scripture is a technique of which Leibowitz is fond. Attempting to reconcile his insistence that the Torah contains no moral directives with the Scriptural words held by Rabbi Akiva to constitute a great principle of Torah, Leibowitz points out that the relevant text, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’67 is followed immediately by the words ‘I am the Lord’.
Denial issue, modelled on (SMUND) rather than on (SMUNC). 3 is brief, for two reasons. First, we shall be able to characterise these versions of SMU quite easily, since they are simply the denial of some of the versions of DCT which we have already identiﬁed. Second, by now we have a sense of the complexity of DCT and the broad range of possible interpretations that it can bear. Since what I intend by SMU is just the denial of DCT, it is not difﬁcult to imagine the breadth of possible readings inherent within SMU.
A History of Medieval Jewish Philosophy by Isaac Husik